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By Skylar Peters
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Dallas Stars: Jamie Benn

Oct 3, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars left wing

Jamie Benn

(14) is introduced before the game against the Florida Panthers at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The ‘Shoes To Fill’ Brenden Morrow

Brenden Morrow may not have overseen the most successful era of Dallas Stars hockey, but he will be missed nonetheless throughout the Lone Star State. In a time where the legend of Mike Modano was insurmountable, and the Stars struggled for an identity, Morrow brought a face to the franchise, and a stable helping hand. However, the panic for success was too much, and he was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins at the 2013 trade deadline.

Short-Term Goals:

The Stars have came oh-so-close more than once, but they have still not played a post-season contest in almost 6 years. With change everywhere around the organization in the off-season, from uniforms, to the GM and Head Coach, and finally the players on the ice. The Stars enter this season with the most hope for a long time, and it is time for playoff hockey in Big D once again. Benn will not only lead the team, but be a regular contributor, as he arguably possesses the most talent on the team.

Long-Term Goals:

Making all these changes wasn’t for one Cup run, it was to get the Stars back in that elite group, and have them stay there. A young, talented team, coached by a bench boss who has been around the block, and a GM who isn’t shy on making ‘the move’ that is best for the team. Dallas has all the makes of a great franchise, now it all needs to come together on the ice. Jamie Benn can lead them there for at least another decade, as he is yet to reach his true potential as a player and leader.

Check back on Thursday Morning for Part Two of this two-part series, where Blackhawk Up takes a look at Edmonton, Tampa Bay, Ottawa, and the New York Islanders!

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